Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (355)

Dan Neville

Question:

463 Mr. Neville asked the Minister for Education and Science when a review will be done of the school transport system regarding catchment areas. [1569/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

For the purposes of the post-primary education provision, the country is divided into catchment areas, each of which has its own post-primary education centre. These areas were drawn up in the late 1960s in the context of the free education scheme. The catchment boundaries were determined following consultation with local educational interests and the intention was that certain primary schools would feed exclusively into each centre. A relatively small number of primary schools are shared between two of more centres. The revision of catchment areas is addressed by my Department as the need arises. It is the practice in my Department to consult local educational interests, where any such adjustments are being contemplated.